Employers throughout the Scenic Rim will receive benefits to employ, train and upskill workers as a means of boosting local business.

The Regional Skills Investment Strategy is a new venture aimed at engaging employers across the agriculture, health and allied services, tourism and hospitality sectors.

In only 12 months, RSIS had secured 176 training outcomes and 139 employment outcomes, with 338 employers joining in on the program.

Scenic Rim Mayor Greg Christensen said the RSIS project, which is funded by the Queensland Government’s Department of Employment, Small Business and Training for two years until June 2021, was making a significant difference in the Scenic Rim.

“The RSIS Project closely aligns with the workforce development intent of the Scenic Rim Regional Prosperity Strategy 2020-2025 and fundamentally exists to drive significant economic outcomes, job containment and growth and lifestyle and liveability outcomes for the Scenic Rim,” he said.

“Council is committed to helping support our local businesses create valuable jobs for local people.”

“Council is delighted to have secured funding for the Scenic Rim to get one of several RSIS Project Coordinators currently working across Queensland and we are seeing wonderful results through the creation of pilot programs, advising industry of funding available and helping navigate the government opportunities available to employers and employees alike.”

In the course of the program, Cedar Creek Lodges received assistance to develop their pilot hospitality program.

Council also worked to develop a pilot program to train new workers for the Scenic Rim’s turf industry, and they’re currently working with Queensland and Australian government agencies to support bulk recruitment for on-farm workers.

Actions to engage with the region’s business operators include providing guidance to access funding for business development, securing apprentices, assisting displaced employees affected by fires, floods and COVID-19, staging of the Scenic Rim Jobs and Skills Fest event, delivery of the recent Scenic Rim Business Breakfast event and planning for the World of Work event

Scenic Rim businesses can access support through the RSIS project by emailing Project Coordinator on prosperity@scenicrim.qld.gov.au or calling 07 5540 5111.

Originally published as Holiday destination looking to employ new staff for business recovery

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